I giggled the entire way through this.
I love that this relies on our collective understanding of ballet as an unforgiving pursuit of synchronization, cleanliness and unison. I had a friend in college, a percussionist, who said that someone was only ever really talented at their craft once they could tell jokes not about it, but with it. And he could, reliably, tell very funny “jokes” using only his drum set–no words, no funny faces–because he knew what about Drums™ people understood and took for granted and expected. He could hint at those expectations and then very suddenly and expertly deny them, producing the kind of cognitive shift that causes people to laugh. This ballet video very much reminds me of him, and his idea: that there is a level of craft beyond just being good at doing the thing. You also have to understand what the general public understands as the mark of goodness within the thing. Only then are you capable of subverting it, whether that be for humor, commentary, innovation, whatever.
Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist, at the women’s right to vote march on Fifth Avenue in New York City. October 23, 1917
Here is a fun object from our Anthropology collection.
© The Field Museum, CSA77106.
Bowl fragment from Cache AI. San Jose IV unslipped lidded.
Maya Central America Belize [British Honduras] Northern Cayo District San Jose Tzimin Cax ANT68A.
If you said “from the sky,” then congratulations! You are hilarious. But it’s a lot more interesting than that. The pungent perfume that accompanies rainstorms carries special chemical signatures, some born from lightning, some from deep within the soil.
And beyond just being pleasant and nostalgic, those smells are actually useful to some living things, such as telling plants when it’s time to grow, guiding camels across the desert, and even signaling some fish when it’s time to get “romantic”.
Take a big whiff, because there’s a science storm a-comin’!
French photographer Thomas Rousset and graphic designer Raphael Verona spent three months in South American traveling around the Bolivian Plateau documenting the fascinating lives of a population of some 2 million indigenous people who practice “a peculiar blend of Roman Catholicism (a remnant of Spanish colonization), and Aymara mythology, which includes the worship of Pachamama (“Mother Earth”).”
Rousset and Verona made these magical people and their awesomely ornate costumes the subject of their new book Waska Tatay, “part ethnography, part picture-book fairy tale.” The book explores how the vibrant, mystical lives of these shamans, witches and spiritual healers both blend and collide with the mundane modern world.
"We were struck by how myths come to life when they are shared in the collective unconscious This is mainly why we wanted to show. The mix of images seemingly spontaneous, yet also built with other much staging reflect our desire to create an ambiguous language, the border of reality and fantasy, like our perception Bolivia."